Friday, May 24, 2013
Mormon Church Issues Statement Backing New Inclusive Boy Scouts Policy
The Mormon Church has issued a qualified statement in support of the Boy Scouts' decision to allow openly gay members. According to the statement, the LDS has always welcomed abstinent gay boys into Mormon-sponsored troops.
For the past 100 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has enjoyed a strong relationship with Boy Scouts of America, based on our mutual interest in helping boys and young men understand and live their duty to God and develop upright moral behavior. As the Church moves forward in its association with the Boy Scouts of America, Church leaders will continue to seek the most effective ways to address the diverse needs of young people in the United States and throughout the world.
Sexual orientation has not previously been – and is not now – a disqualifying factor for boys who want to join Latter-day Saint Scout troops. Willingness to abide by standards of behavior continues to be our compelling interest. These standards are outlined in the booklet For the Strength of Youth and include abstinence from sexual relationships. We remain firmly committed to upholding these standards and to protecting and strengthening boys and young men.
PUERTO RICO: Sweeping LGBT Rights Bill Passes, Heads For Governor's Desk
The Puerto Rican House of Representatives today approved a sweeping nondiscrimination bill that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in employment, housing, governmental services, public accommodations and private entities. Last week, the Senate approved the bill in a 15-11 vote and Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has vowed to sign the bill into law. The House today also approved a bill to add protections for sexual orientation, marital status and gender identity to the domestic violence law. It now moves to the Senate.Local activist Pedro Julio Serrano applauds:
“Today is a thrilling day in Puerto Rican history. A decade ago, LGBT Puerto Ricans were criminals under the sodomy law, today we’re second-class citizens and when this bill is signed into law, we will be closer to achieving the first-class citizenship that we deserve. Equality is inevitable. Puerto Rico will be for all.”
AFA's Bryan Fischer: Leaders Of The Boy Scouts Deserve To Be Drowned
Florida Teen Rejects Plea Deal On Charge Of Sexual Assault On Another Girl
rejected a plea offer from Florida prosecutors and will go to trial on charges that her consensual relationship with a younger female schoolmate constituted sexual assault.
Hunt was romantically involved with a high school basketball teammate who was 14 when they began dating last year. The other teen's parents moved to press charges against the 18-year-old Hunt, and she was arrested in February and eventually expelled from Sebastian River High School. A conviction could land Hunt in prison for 15 years. A plea deal would have kept her on probation for two years but still could have potentially derailed her future goals to be a nurse. Julia Graves, the attorney for the Hunt family, read a statement shortly before noon Friday following Hunt's decision: "Our client is a courageous teenager who is choosing not to accept the current plea offer by the state of Florida," Graves said. "It's a situation of two teenagers who happen to be of the same sex involved in a relationship. If this case involved a boy and a girl, we don't believe there'd be the media attention to this case."The prosecutor's offer had included two years of house arrest and a guilty plea to child abuse. Florida's age of consent is 18, but "close age" relationships are exempt if the older party is under 24 and the younger is 16 or older. Hunt's case has garnered international attention and over 100,000 signatures on a supportive petition.
Matt Barber Loves You
Ten Minutes Of The Oklahoma Tornado
Brian Brown Has The Boy Scouts Sadz
Brian Brown, in a statement posted today on NOM's blog.
Action Alert: Contact Your IL Rep
We only have until Friday, May 31st to pass the freedom to marry. It's time, Illinois. Passing SB10 in the House is the only hurdle that stands between Illinois becoming the 13th state where same-sex couples can share in the freedom to marry -- and we only have a matter of days left to pass this crucial legislation before the General Assembly adjourns on May 31st. Your Representative needs to hear from you every single day until marriage for same-sex couples becomes law in Illinois! Even if you've messaged them before, they need to hear from you again.Do it right now.
Atheists Raise Money For Tornado Victim
fundraising page to help rebuild the Oklahoma home of atheist tornado victim Rebecca Vitsmun, who made international news after graciously rebuffing CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer's questions about "thanking the Lord" for sparing the lives of her family. (Tipped by JMG reader Bentley)
Headline Of The Day
Mark Carson Vs Jodi Arias
According to an Equality Matters analysis, while all three major cable news networks extensively covered Arias’ trial and her plea to jurors to avoid the death penalty, CNN spent less than one minute discussing Carson’s murder, and Fox News ignored the story completely. Only MSNBC devoted a full segment to Carson’s murder, rightly pointing out the recent surge in anti-gay violence even as LGBT people win legislative battles across the country. So what explains the failure of major cable news networks to cover Carson’s story?Read the full story by Maza.
For some networks, the decision to ignore the Carson case and focus on the Arias trial likely has more to do with ratings than anything else. Arias’ plea to avoid the death penalty was a ratings gold mine for cable news networks, despite the substantive portion of her trial having been over for weeks. For Fox, ignoring Carson’s murder fits into the network’s larger pattern of downplaying anti-LGBT violence and harassment while peddling trivial anti-equality horror stories.
Fox Host Andrea Tantaros: Punch Obama Supporters In The Face For Me
Andrea Tantaros, speaking yesterday on her syndicated radio show.
FEMEN Mock Notre Dame Suicide
HuffPo: Eric Holder Must Go
HomoQuotable - Kevin DuJan
Kevin DuJan, always on the crazy train.
WEDNESDAY: First French Gay Wedding
same-sex wedding on Wednesday.
On Wednesday May 29, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau from Montpellier will become the first gay couple to marry in France, at City Hall of Montpellier on Wednesday, May 29, Time TBA , 1 Place Georges Frêche. Vincent, 40 and Boileau, 30, met 7 years ago through their love of music. Both are fans of singer Christophe Willem and were members of the an online fan forum. Three of the ten members of the fan club decided to meet in Paris, two of them happened to be Vincent and Boileu. Vincent and Boileu hit it off right away. The third member of the fan club left them at the restaurant where they continued to talk. The next day, they met again, and their love for each other has been growing strong ever since.More about the couple (in French) can be read here.
I-5 Bridge Collapses In WA
Washington state Department of Transportation spokesman Travis Phelps told KOMO-TV that investigators are looking into the possibility that an oversize load struck the bridge and triggered the collapse. The collapse will raise questions about the nation's infrastructure, which has been a popular issue with President Barack Obama, who earlier this year warned against "raggedy" roads and wants to focus more money on rebuilding to improve the economy.The bridge was built in 1955 and was rated "functionally obsolete" three years ago.
Gay Marriage Causes Unwed Mothers
Maggie Gallagher, blaming gays for Holland's rate of unwed mothers. Or something. (Tipped by JMG reader Christopher)
Barbara Buono For New Jersey Governor
Anthony Weiner For Mayor Of Pittsburgh
embarrassed yesterday when Pittsburgh bloggers noticed that the banner on his website featured the silhouetted skyline of their city and not New York. The bottom image above is the one that Weiner's site designers apparently used. The company has apologized for their "honest mistake" and has updated the site with actual photos of Gotham.
Quote Of The Day - E.W. Jackson
E.W. Jackson, GOP nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor, standing by his declaration that gay people are perverted and sick.
This Will Never End
Anti-Gay Scouting Group Has The Sadz
John Stemberger, founder of On My Honor.
Tony Perkins Has The Boy Scouts Sadz
BSA councils, Scouting parents, and leaders of the faith-based organizations that charter over two-thirds of the packs and troops, must now decide how to respond to this moral compromise. Many will separate from the organization so that they can continue to foster character among boys and respect the right of parents to discuss issues of sexuality with their sons.It is clear that the current BSA leadership will bend with the winds of popular culture, and the whims of liberal special interest groups. There is little doubt that God will soon be ushered out of scouting. Now is the time for new leadership. In the meantime, we will stand with those BSA Councils who will now act to protect boys from a new policy that only creates moral confusion and disrespects the views of the vast majority of Scouting parents." - Hate group leader Tony Perkins, writing on the Family Research Council site.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
LGBT Groups React To Boy Scouts Change
Scouts For Equality
“The Boy Scouts of America can do better,” said Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and Executive Director of Scouts for Equality. “We welcome the news that the ban on gay Scouts is history, but our work isn’t over until we honor the Scout Law by making this American institution open and affirming to all.”Human Rights Campaign
Today is a historic day for Boy Scouts across the country who want to be a part of this great American institution. But the new policy doesn’t go far enough. Parents and adults of good moral character, regardless of sexual orientation, should be able to volunteer their time to mentor the next generation of Americans.Family Equality Council
"Every Boy Scout, on their honor, first pledges to do their best,” said Family Equality Council Spokesman Steve Majors. “This is a step in the right direction, but it’s not the best the Boy Scouts can do. The Boy Scouts of America have sent a hurtful message to Scouts with LGBT parents that their moms and dads are not welcome as leaders alongside other parents. As a father of two girl scouts and the proud partner of an Eagle Scout, I know that Scouting has a long tradition of being a family activity and the Boy Scouts should be open to all our families.”National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
This vote marks a monumental step forward for the Boy Scouts of America. We are thrilled for the gay youth who will no longer be turned away from scouting simply because of who they are. As we celebrate this moment, we know the work isn’t complete. The Boy Scouts of America still discriminates against qualified adults who are denied the opportunity to participate in leadership positions because they are gay. Fairness is a fundamental American principle — it’s not to be sliced, diced, divvied up and dictated by prejudice.GLAAD
This major victory for gay youth is thanks to you and the millions of other Americans who took action. Now we need you to share the news, and press for a full nondiscrimination policy. Gay youth can now participate in Scouting, which is a huge WIN. But gay Scout leaders - like former den mother Jennifer Tyrrell - are still banned from the Boy Scouts. This is the time to keep up the pressure. We won't stop until the Boy Scouts of America removes the ban on gay and lesbian parents and leaders.
Boy Scouts OK Gay Members
The Boy Scouts of America have officially ended their ban on openly gay members.
The decision, which followed years of resistance and wrenching internal debate, was widely seen as a milestone for the Boy Scouts, a symbol of traditional America. More than 1,400 volunteer leaders from across the country voted, with more than 60 percent approving a measure that said no youth may be denied membership “on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”As the Scouts will continue to ban openly gay leaders, today's decision will not fully satisfy either side. But for now, let's celebrate this partial win and enjoy the imminent wave of the sadz.
The top national leaders of the Boy Scouts had urged the change in the face of vehement opposition from conservative parents and volunteers, some of whom said they would quit the organization. But the decision also put the scouts more in tune with the swift rise in public acceptance of homosexuality, especially among younger parents who are essential to the future of an institution that has been losing members for decades.
UDPATE: Here is an excerpt from the formal statement on the policy change.
Based on growing input from within the Scouting family, the BSA leadership chose to conduct an additional review of the organization’s long-standing membership policy and its impact on Scouting’s mission. This review created an outpouring of feedback from the Scouting family and the American public, from both those who agree with the current policy and those who support a change.
“Today, following this review, the most comprehensive listening exercise in Scouting’s history the approximate 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration; thus, the policy for adults remains in place. The BSA thanks all the national voting members who participated in this process and vote.
Nevada Assembly Repeals Marriage Ban
As part of what will be a years-long road to marriage equality, today the Nevada Assembly repealed the constitutional ban.
The Assembly voted 27-14 Thursday in favor of SJR13 which repeals language in the Nevada Constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Voters adopted that language with the Protection of Marriage Act in 2002, but polls indicate a growing number of Nevadans have changed their minds. Some of the state's largest employers have also embraced changing the law.The repeal passed in the state Senate last month. The ban must again be repealed by both chambers in 2015 before it can be placed on the 2016 ballot.
NEW YORK CITY: Grand Jury Indicts Elliot Morales For Murder Of Mark Carson, Lawyer Claims Morales Was Sexually Abused As A Child
formally indicted Elliot Morales (left) for the murder of Mark Carson. Multiple charges include second-degree murder as a hate crime. Morales' lawyer pleaded "not guilty" even though Morales bragged about the murder during his arrest.
The lawyer, Kevin Michael Canfield, later said Morales is not guilty of the slaying and is "devastated by the charges." "He didn't murder anybody," Canfield said, suggesting there were other factors at play. "He was sexually abused as a child by a male authority figure which led to a lifetime of alcoholism and drug abuse," Canfield told the Daily News, adding, "It's a terrible tragedy." "Look at you faggots, you look like gay wrestlers," Morales allegedly told victim Mark Carson and his friend minutes before policed say he shot Mark Carson, 32, in the head. Authorities said he callously laughed as he confessed to the random killing. His gleeful expression came as he allegedly told investigators, "I shot him in the face."The Daily News notes that members of Carson's family were in the courtroom as the indictment was issued. Morales is being held without bail at Rikers.
Faith Healing Works Every Time
And just because you died anyway, that doesn't mean you weren't healed. This nut is the son of anti-gay crackpot John Hagee, who says that God sent Hurricane Katrina to smite gay New Orleans and that atheists don't deserve to live in the United States.
Jerry Lewis Disses Female Comedians
Jerry Lewis, telling an interviewer at Cannes that he doesn't have any favorite female comedians because they are an embarrassment to motherhood. Or something. Lewis' comments have ignited a firestorm of criticism on Twitter, where noted female comics are weighing in under the #FuckUJerryLewis hashtag among others.
NYC Stonewall Democrats Endorse Quinn
The Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, the city’s leading LGBT party organization, will back City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for Mayor of New York City. The Speaker won the club’s endorsement in a landslide victory Wednesday evening, capturing 80% of the vote.RELATED: The National Stonewall Democrats went on an "indefinite hiatus" earlier this year due to lack of funding.
The city’s oldest LGBT Democratic organization joins a growing list of supportive LGBT groups, including the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Political Action Committee, The Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and a host of elected officials, including Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, State Senator Brad Hoylman.
“There’s no question that Speaker Quinn’s candidacy is a historic opportunity for New York City, but more important is her unmatched record of delivering for all New Yorkers,” said Stonewall Democratic Club President Melissa Sklarz.
Tweet Of The Day - Matt Barber
BBC Recaps Marriage Battle
FRC Publishes Full-Page Anti-Gay Boy Scouts Ad In Dallas Morning News
Glenn Beck: Atheists Planted That Tornado Survivor With CNN's Wolf Blitzer
Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Shame On New York City If They Elect Anthony Weiner
mince his words in the past.
Today, in an editorial board meeting with Cuomo and The Post-Standard and Syracuse Media Group, the governor was asked whether he thought the New York State Legislature should limit how long legislative leaders, like the Assembly speaker, should serve. Cuomo repeated a version of his opinion on term limits: he believe elections are the way to limit political service. The conversation continued between Cuomo and Stephen A. Rogers, chairman of Syracuse Media Group: Cuomo: "It's basically democracy. Those are grownups (in the Assembly) who are picking, who pick their leader." Rogers: "So if Anthony Weiner wants to run for mayor, he can run for mayor." Cuomo: "He runs? He runs." Rogers: "And if we elect him?" Cuomo: "Shame on us."UPDATE: Closeted homosexual Matt Drudge is loving this.
Another Saucy Ad From K-Mart
What Teens Share On Social Media
Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data; just 9% say they are “very” concerned.Cell phone numbers?
Frigide Barjot: I'm Afraid To Attend This Sunday's Anti-Gay Marriage Protest
she might not attend this Sunday's planned anti-gay marriage protest because the government has not committed to protecting her from pro-gay counter-protesters and members of France's extreme-right French Spring.
Barjot: "I get death threats, calls for aggression, and this morning - a handkerchief full of blood. At the moment, and as we do not have strong guarantees on the part of the police and organizers, I put my participation in doubt."
RELATED: On Tuesday, Dominique Venner, who was reportedly a follower of French Spring, committed suicide at the altar of Notre Dame Cathedral just hours after writing a blog post that denounced the just-finalized marriage equality bill. Venner's suicide note has now been released in full to the press. An excerpt:
While many men are slaves of their lives, my gesture embodies an ethic of will. I give myself over to death to awaken slumbering consciences. I rebel against fate. I protest against poisons of the soul and the desires of invasive individuals to destroy the anchors of our identity, including the family, the intimate basis of our multi-millennial civilization. While I defend the identity of all peoples in their homes, I also rebel against the crime of the replacement of our people.Venner goes on to apologize to his family, but says that one day they will understand his sacrifice.
UPDATE: The Daily Beast has posted a lengthy examination of Venner's history with France's fascist movement. A brief excerpt:
A veteran of French ethno-nationalist neo-fascist groups, Venner was a longtime militant of the far right who had gradually eased into a new life as a respected historian, known for his expertise on weapons and hunting. But his suicide manifesto, as well as a blog post he published earlier that morning, took him directly back to the dark themes that drove his life: the “great replacement of the people of France” and the prospect of France “falling into the hands of Islamists.” He praised an upcoming protest of France’s new law legalizing gay marriage, which he called “detestable.”
Singapore's Pink Dot: June 29th
You've Got To Be Carefully Taught: Kids' Book Explains How To Hate Gay People
Pope Francis: Atheists Can Go To Heaven
can go to heaven if they are good people.
Using scripture from the Gospel of Mark, Francis explained how upset Jesus' disciples were that someone outside their group was doing good, according to a report from Vatican Radio. “They complain,” the Pope said in his homily, because they say, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good.” And Jesus corrects them: “Do not hinder him, he says, let him do good.” The disciples, Pope Francis explains, “were a little intolerant,” closed off by the idea of possessing the truth, convinced that “those who do not have the truth, cannot do good.” “This was wrong . . . Jesus broadens the horizon.” Pope Francis said, “The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation.” "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”Who will be the first Catholic leader to denounce him?
From Catholic Online:
The Holy Father is full of surprises, born of true and faithful humility. On Wednesday he declared that all people, not just Catholics, are redeemed through Jesus, even atheists. However, he did emphasize there was a catch. Those people must still do good. In fact, it is in doing good that they are led to the One who is the Source of all that is good. In essence he simply restated the hope of the Church that all come to know God, through His Son Jesus Christ. These latest comments are consistent with Pope Francis' efforts to reach out to people of other faiths and of no faith at all. By emphasizing our common bonds, our Holy Father breaks down artificial barriers so that we may see, and love, one another more clearly.
Crazy Eyes: God Will Repeal Obamacare
Michele Bachmann, in a radio interview with hate group leader James Dobson, founder of Focus On The Family.
TRAILER: Don Jon
TEXAS: Judge Rules That Divorced Woman Can't Cohabitate With Female Partner
Citing a morals clause in the woman's divorce decree, a Texas judge has ruled that she cannot live with her new female partner and still retain custody of her children.
The clause is common in divorce cases in Texas and other states. It prevents a divorced parent from having a romantic partner spend the night while children are in the home. If the couple marries, they can get out from under the legal provision — but that is not an option for gay couples in Texas, where such marriages aren't recognized. The Dallas Morning News reported that in a divorce hearing last month for Carolyn and Joshua Compton, Collin County District Judge John Roach Jr. enforced the terms detailed in their 2011 divorce papers. He ordered Carolyn Compton's partner, Page Price, to move out of the home they shared with the Comptons' two daughters, ages 10 and 13. The judge gave Price 30 days to find another place to live.After the ruling the ex-husband's lawyer said, "The fact that they can't get married in Texas is a legislative issue. It's not really our issue." Carolyn Compton says that she and her partner will obey the ruling even though they believe it to be unconstitutional. They are considering an appeal.
TRAILER: Star Trek, The Ultimate Saga
Museum Exhibition Opening On June 7th: AIDS in New York: The First Five Years
New York Historical Society:
AIDS in New York: The First Five Years will explore the impact of the epidemic on personal lives, public health and medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and the nation. Drawing from the archives of the New York Public Library, New York University, and the National Archive of LGBT History, the show will use posters, photographs, and artifacts to tell the story of the early years of AIDS in New York.The exhibition runs through September 15th.